It was ugly when it happened. The Rockets’ Robert Covington was sliding into the lane to get a potential rebound, got pushed in the back by the Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma and fell forward, and his face went right into the elbow of Anthony Davis (who got hit on the hip on the play and also went down).
Covington left the game at that point, bit did not suffer a concussion or broken nose and is expected to play in Game 4 on Thursday, reports Tim Bontemps at ESPN. Concussion symptoms can come on slowly, so Covington is not completely out of the woods, but this is a good sign.
A thin Rockets roster needs Robert Covington — a solid defender shooting 50.8% from three in the playoffs — especially with the status of Danuel House Jr. still unknown. House missed Game 3 for personal reasons, and the Rockets have said they hope to have him back for Game 4, but his status is up in the air.
The Rockets trail the Lakers 2-1 after Tuesday’s loss, making Game 4 critical if the Rockets are going to win the series.